Elected officials were all smiles as they gathered in Seale, Ala. Wednesday afternoon to introduce the new Russell County Public Safety building.
Located at 4731 Old Seale Highway, the structure will house a Care ambulance service and the Russell County Sheriff’s Office’s third substation. It was designed to give first responders the ability to cater to the community in a more timely manner and give residents access to much needed resources.
“The ability to service the public from here and have the public come to this location, if need be, rather than going all the way into the city is a huge benefit to us,” said Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor.
He said crime has reduced in Hurtsboro and Fort Mitchell since substations were placed there within the last five years. He’s confident that this new substation will have the same positive affect on the Seale area.
“I think you’ll see crime continue to be reduced as we keep people out in the county and continue to keep presence at a high level,” Taylor said.
Prior to the opening, the Care ambulance service that services that area was forced to share the a building with the Seale Volunteer Fire Department. It became an inconvenience, added Chance Corbett, a member of the Russell County Commission that funded the $200,000 building.
He said Seale is a great location for first responders to access major thoroughfares that will quickly lead them to various parts of the county.
“They can go any direction they need to go to get services to people quicker,” Corbett said. “When you’re talking about EMS and medicine every second counts.”